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San Francisco : The market for games on mobile electronic devices is booming despite the quarantine measures aimed at containing the Covid-19 pandemic, and the reason is due to the increase in the number of players and the rising demand for smart phones.
“People have not stopped playing games on their phones, even though they are confined to their homes,” said Craig Chapple of the company, “Sensor Tollar” which provides data on the mobile device market. He added, “Indeed, the popularity of mobile games is greater than ever.”
While young males between the ages of 12 and 35 constitute the vast majority of fans of PC and console games, and they may spend hours in front of their screens, smartphone games are popular with a more diverse audience.
“Newzoo” for analytical studies and the “Statista” portal indicated that more than forty percent of mobile players are women, and age is not an obstacle in this area.
“A large number of people who are forced to stay in their homes during quarantine need something to amuse them,” said Maurice Garard, an expert in technology for mobile devices and games at Future Source.
He noted that “games which are considered one of the most interactive and obsessive forms of entertainment have benefited from an accelerator” of their growth.
There are many games that can be downloaded for free, but the benefit of some functions requires payment of small amounts. These are functions that extend the life of the game or provide additional benefits to the player, for example.
Players who spend little or no time spending to obtain these benefits are described by sector workers, while those who are not hesitant to pay to play are referred to as “dolphins” or “whales,” depending on how much they spend.
Situational games that do not require much time are most loaded, including picture jigsaw games (or “puzzle”) and card games.
Among the most prominent innovations in recent years is the system of purchasing “entry tickets” to participate in the successive stages of fighting games, such as the “Fortnite” game produced by Epic Games.
Just like console games, mobile games use psychological tools designed to reward players and keep them playing regularly, which raises the issue of the gameplay becoming addictive.
The World Health Organization defines play disorder as “a pattern of play behaviors (playing with digital games or playing with video games) that are characterized by poor control over the practice of play, and the increase in the priority given to play at the expense of other activities to such an extent that it takes precedence over all other daily concerns and activities.”
On the other hand, mobile games can be a way to escape from the stress caused by life diaries, or a way for someone to spend his time while he is waiting, for example, his turn in line, or the arrival of his order in the restaurant.
Improving mood and enhancing mental abilities
According to Livehack, playing with mobile games may also improve mood, boost mental abilities, and provide a sense of belonging to a group.
“Taking time out for games can improve one’s health”, “Lifehac” marketing expert Zahar Sherif wrote in a recent article.
He noted that this “caused a lot of people to include video games in their diaries.”
Millennials, between the ages of twenty-three and thirty-eight, make up 72 percent of the active mobile players, according to estimates.
“In emerging countries, especially China and India, the numbers are really huge,” Garard said.
The sector’s revenues, which are likely to exceed a hundred billion dollars in 2020, according to the company “App Annie” studies, due to the very large number of smartphone owners.
Garard explained that “they do not spend much, perhaps, but many of them spend less, and these sums add up.” It is expected that the development of “cloud” video games will contribute to enhancing the popularity of mobile games, as it will provide on smartphones or tablets games that were still available today on the consoles alone.
Also, by providing high-speed connections to the Internet, 5G networks will allow the development of mobile games that are similar to tabletop games in terms of their graphic design, and that will make them attract more persistent players.
Garard predicts that “Nomadic Games’ presence will expand thanks to improved mobile network infrastructures.”